Safety & Accident

Michigan DOT Testing 'Smart' Roads

August 25, 2015

Screen capture of I-96 and I-696 corridor obtained from Michigan.gov site. 
Screen capture of I-96 and I-696 corridor obtained from Michigan.gov site.

A 20-mile stretch of Michigan's Interstate 96 and I-696 has been equipped with cameras and monitors to test the Department of Transportation's (MDOT) connected-corridor initiative, reports the Detroit News.

The initiative uses the latest vehicle and infrastructure technologies to create safer roadways. The devices have been installed on existing power poles and at the top of stoplights. These cameras and sensors will allow the roads to connect with certain vehicles to help drivers avoid construction, traffic and weather hazards. 

The development of this initiative will become the longest stretch of technology-enabled "smart" roads in the country, according to the Detroit News. MDOT wants to deploy sensors along 50 miles of the expressways.

The sensors and cameras gather information from vehicles that connect with its network, the information is then sent to a virtual storage facility where the data is interpreted and it's shared with connected vehicles as they travel on the designated roads. The system doesn’t keep track of personal information.

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